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Henry is the titular villain protagonist of the highly controversial horror-film Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer, although he was based loosely on a real life serial killer known as Henry Lee Lucas most of the events in the movie are either fictional or heavily altered.

He was portrayed by Michael Rooker, who also portrayed Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead, and Yondu Udonta in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.


Henry was a disturbing example of a protagonist villain and was fairly unique in the fact that he did not have a twisted sense of appeal like many protagonist villains and was instead depicted with an almost inhuman level of ruthlessness and in many ways was a fairly accurate example of a serial killer.

Henry describes his childhood as extremeful dysfunctional and abusive. His mother, an alcoholic prostitute, would force him to watch as she serviced her clients; when he tried to look away, she would hit him. She would also force him to wear a dress as a form of punishment. As a young man, he murdered her in a fit of rage, for which he was sent to prison for seven years.

The film showcased some of extremely violent and disturbing murders, many of which were committed at random to complete strangers - Henry was clearly a very disturbed individual and to him killing seemed to be a compulsion as he would go as far as randomly pulling a stranger over on the roadside only to blast them with a shotgun.

Henry also video-taped many of his crimes with the help of his former cellmate Otis, a perverted madman who became in many ways his apprentice - the two would enter a home (chosen at random) and brutally murder an entire family while filming, going as far as raping the woman of the home: the two would later watch the film for entertainment at their apartment.

Toward the end of the film, Henry falls in love with Otis' sister Becky, and kills Otis when he tries to rape her. They dismember and dispose of his body, and decide to run away together. The next day, Henry drops Becky's bloodstained suitcase - implied to contain her dismembered corpse - in a field.

Although the film states Henry is a serial-killer in reality he seemed to be more of a spree-killer and would kill often for the sheer thrill of it, he was however incredibly intelligent and would always make each murder different so as to make it more difficult for the police to catch him.